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Beda

(Venerabĭlis). The most distinguished scholar in the world at the time he lived, born at Durham (England) in or about the year A.D. 672. He remained for thirteen years in the monastery of St. Peter under the care of the abbot. He was ordained priest in his thirtieth year, and devoted his life to such literature as was possible in those days, gaining a knowledge of Greek, Latin, Hebrew, medicine, and astronomy. He was the author of numerous homilies, hymns, epigrams, biographies of saints, works on chronology and grammar, and commentaries on various books of the New Testament. His most valuable production is his Historia Ecclesiastica Gentis Anglorum in five books, to which we owe nearly all our information regarding the history of England to A.D. 731, and which King Alfred translated into Anglo-Saxon. A good English version is that of Giles (1843).

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